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Pirates Notebook: Hurdle is Keeping His Playing Time Options Open for American League Parks

Interleague games could give Clint Hurdle a chance to rest Andrew McCutchen without taking him out of the lineup. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pirates Notebook: Hurdle is Keeping His Playing Time Options Open for American League Parks

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates are in the midst of a stretch of seven consecutive games against American League opponents and after Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, they will shift to five consecutive games in AL ballparks.

That comes with a shift to AL rules, and the Pirates will be playing with a designated hitter for the first time since the first week of June. The Pirates have played five games in AL parks this season and they’ve used Josh Bell, Adam Frazier, David Freese (twice) and Gregory Polanco at the DH spot so far this year.

Manager Clint Hurdle seems to be keeping his options open for the upcoming series, as well, with those players as well as a couple others presenting themselves as options.

“We have the opportunity to get Andrew (McCutchen) off his feet if need b...

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